Amsterdam (NL), 2023
2 June 2021 | Publications
“Environmentally sustainable projects need to be socially sustainable too” – Opinion piece in ICON magazine by Ton Venhoeven
AMST is a mixed-use residential complex, set to intensify the urban ecosystem of Amsterdam Amstel station area. Located opposite this transport hub, with train, metro and bus links, we designed AMST to boast an array of shared facilities and diverse range of 25 housing types, enhancing social sustainability and providing a livable neighborhood in the heart of the city.
Catering to the housing needs of Amsterdam, AMST has 252 dwellings – 80% of which are available as medium-rent homes and social housing – ensuring that individuals from different walks of life can find their place in the city. We managed to organize a range of housing types, including studios, family apartments, live-work spaces, and multi-generational apartments and townhouses, all within a flexible and adaptable structure, and with aesthetics based on a cohesive appearance.
A facade that transforms the living experience
We designed a unique facade for AMST, a testament to architectural ingenuity, creating uniform appearance that belies the mix of housing typologies. Comprising an all-sided slender concrete frame with manually movable wooden shutters, the facades not only allow residents to control sunlight but also contribute to soundproofing. The colour of the concrete frames harmoniously echoes that of the adjacent station building, enhancing the overall urban aesthetic.
Urban integration and community focus
AMST seamlessly integrates the residential and commercial, bridging the gap between living and city life. Accessible at street level, residents can enjoy easy access to a café, supermarket, small-scale retail, bicycle storage, workspaces and studios, all within walking distance of the station. It also incorporates a collective ‘living room’ for residents, an after-school homework centre, and a cultural hub, fostering a strong sense of community within the development.
“AMST is a testament to our commitment to innovative and sustainable urban living. By offering affordable housing, fostering a sense of community, and embracing environmentally conscious practices, AMST paves the way for a brighter, more inclusive, and sustainable future for Amsterdam.” – Jos-Willem van Oorschot, VenhoevenCS architect AMST
Green oasis in the city
At height, we created collective outdoor spaces in the form of roof decks, inspired by a courtyard living. These decks serve as communal areas, encouraging social interaction and community engagement. Also, residents can enjoy lush roof gardens and shaded areas under pergolas with solar panels, with designated spaces for gardening and relaxation. With clever planting and water features these green areas provide a calm retreat set amidst the urban environment, enriching the overall living experience providing an oasis in a busy metropolis.
Sustainable and prefabricated construction
We had sustainability at the core of AMST’s design and construction. The complex features prefabricated timber-frame construction for the apartments and studios, contributing to higher construction quality, reduced waste, and shorter construction times. This approach also minimized disruption during the building process, ensuring a more pleasant experience for residents in the area.
Water neutral and environmentally conscious
AMST is aimed to be water neutral. We designed the complex incorporating a circular system for rainwater collection, retention, and reuse. Rainwater is utilized in the roof gardens, communal areas, and water features, boosting the efficiency of solar panels and enhancing biodiversity in the communal gardens. This conscious approach not only reduces water waste but also raises residents’ awareness of responsible water usage.
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|Program:||252 dwellings in 25 housing types, supermarket, food market, incubator, commercial spaces, restaurants and parking|
|Surface area:||33.000 m2|
|Client:||MRP Development / Heddes Bouw & Ontwikkeling B.V.|
|Awards:||European Property Award 2020-2021 Mid-Rent Award 2022 Zuiderkerkprijs pre-selected|
|Publications:||Archello Het Parool|
|VenhoevenCS:||Jos-Willem van Oorschot, Danny Esselman, Tjeerd Hellinga, Louis van Wamel, Bas van der Pol, Li Gubai, Maria Ángeles Reinares San Martín, Mateja Pipan, Javier Pose, Peter Rugebregt, Rebaz Ali, Nerea Sáenz Compañon, Lucas Schram, Rubing Xu, Robin Boenning, Jan-Dirk Valewink, Hans Kooij, Sara Ozcan, Max Fleer, Wai Ming Lam.|
|Main contractor:||Heddes Bouw & Ontwikkeling|
|Structural engineer:||Van Rossum|
|Other:||Aveco de Bondt (water management consultant)|
|Images:||Ossip van Duivenbode|